Rum & Rose // Feat. Brugal Rum

In another life I would have been a bartender... Or a backup dancer, but that's a story for another day.

Like sommeliers, I have a huge respect for craft cocktail makers. While, I'm perfectly content enjoying a cold beer while sitting in the back of a pickup truck, my favorite bars in the city showcase some of America's finest cocktails. I guess that's where I'm a snob (#sorrynotsorry).

Truth is, I was the girl who waited until she was 21 to have her first drink. I don't know why that was such a big deal to me, but I also didn't really understand why everyone made such a fuss about wanting to drink before then. I promise you I had just as much fun before I was 21 as I did after. And come to find out, when I turned 21, I hated the taste of alcohol. I was the lamest 21 year old!

Fast forward 4 years, and I'll be very specific in my order at a speakeasy. Egg white, light bitters, rose water, ginger and sparkle. Yes, this snobbery is where you can begin to either shun or appreciate me. You decide...

All that being said, I'm no expert behind the bar, so when Brugal Rum reached out to see how we could team up for a summer feature, I knew I had to include a couple friends. Meet Rosie & James Clayton, a Chicago power couple taking the hospitality industry by storm!

You probably remember Rosie from her Bucktown boutique, Roslyn. Her husband, James, is one of Chicago's leading bartenders, with over 12 years of experience in the BOKA Restaurant Group, Hogsalt Hospitality, and Gibsons Restaurant Group.

Ready for this?... Together they are fusing their passions to bring you Chicago's newest craft cocktail bar, with a unique and cultured spin!

With their shared expertise, it makes sense that this power duo would blend their knowledge, passion, and talents to open what's sure to be one of Chicago's best craft cocktail bars!

Prior to opening Roslyn, Rosie grew up in the restaurant industry, with her parents owning five Thai restaurants in Chicago. If you were lucky enough to shop at Roslyn, you know Rosie's aesthetic is top notch, so you can bet on that bar being an Instagram fave!

Curious for more? The couple is currently developing their menu and experimenting with cocktails around the clock! The one here is a Glitterary exclusive, but if you follow @rclayton & @jimie1 on Instagram, I know they're eager to show you some more "sneak peeks" of what to expect until the official business Instagram goes live.

Details on this new venture are still full of secrets, but keep an ear out for more this Fall!

Until then, I give you Rum & Rose, a refreshing summer cocktail perfect for your next summer soirée.

Special thanks to Room & Board for letting us shoot in their amazing patio! Browse their outdoor collection here.

This post has been brought to you by Brugal Rum, however, all opinions remain my own. The integrity of this site is far more important to me than any compensation or brand partnership. – S

Sip & Shop // Event Recap

Sip & Shop // Event Recap
Sip & Shop // Event Recap

All photos via. Westfield // Photobooth by Fotio

A few weeks ago we celebrated summer with Westfield Old Orchard. The event was full of exclusive shopping & italian inspired entertainment, while Wine Channel TV brought it to the next level with Master Sommelier David Glancy's blind tasting. You all know I love wine & I have a huge respect for sommelies, but David did a great job at breaking down the tasting process to make even the least experienced of us feel like connoisseurs.

The evening was decorated with fun workshops and live entertainment throughout the shopping center. Artist, Kelly Maryanski was there creating beautiful portraits within minutes– that girl is seriously talented!

Food pairings were provided throughout the shopping center, as well as at the VIP rooftop party that followed.

Special thanks to Wine Channel TVSouthern Wine and Spirits- Illinois, Westfield Old Orchard, San Francisco Wine School and Binny’s.

To experience more of the fun, be sure to watch the video below...

Sip&Shop Old Orchard June 2014 Highlights from Wine Channel TV on Vimeo.

This post has been brought to you by Westfield, however, all opinions remain my own. The integrity of this site is far more important to me than any compensation or brand partnership. – S

TGIF // Giveaway Reminder

This just in, our giveaway is twice the value we thought it was! I'd love to write your name on that line, just fill out the info in the handy app below.

To see a couple of my favorite pieces from this spring collection click here. Giveaway closes Monday night, but trust me you don't want to procrastinate on this one ;)

Happy Friday, everyone!!


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Into the Sun // Event + Giveaway


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Welcome back! Today I'm particularly excited to catch up, because I'll get to see some of your faces at tonight's event!!

I have to warn you, this post is full of detail, but I promise every last bit will be worth the read...

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Annie Hurlbut, co-founder of Peruvian Connection, and her story is the perfect combination of awe and inspiration.

Peruvian Connection's history begins when Annie was only 19, doing anthropological research in the Andes of Peru.

Fascinated by the textiles she saw and the women who wove them into intricate mantas & ponchos, Annie began learning everything she could about the alpaca fibers used in these pieces. Annie studied everything from the spinning and dyeing, the warp-faced weaving techniques, and the ancient tradition of which these fibers were a part.

Not long after, Peruvian Connection was born. Nothing big, just a small collection of sweaters designed by Annie and sold out of her mother's home in Kansas. The goal was simple: offer artisan made, original designs in native Andean luxury fibers.

Though displayed at a much larger scale today, this concept remains the core of Peruvian Connections's values, and while there are now design teams in place the pieces continue to be made by the skilled Andean artisans whose time-honored textile tradition remains an art form.

Thanks to Peruvian Connection's extreme generosity my favorite pieces from this season's collection will be available tonight at 20% off!

In addition, Annie is giving one lucky Glitterary reader a $50 gift card! This email was just received, so the giveaway will be live through Monday, 3/31. All you need to do to enter is head to Peruvian Connection & comment below with your favorite selection. 

So, what are you waiting for? If you haven't sent in your RSVP, it's not too late, just email the address in the invite, and join me as we style and shop these incredible pieces!

See you soon! :)

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To read more on the story of Peruvian Connection, click here.

Forehead Kisses are Underrated


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Yesterday I stumbled across an article reviewing Taylor Swift's relationship advice as discuses through various interviews over the years. One comment stood out. Taylor said that she had reached a point where she felt "the only love worth being in is the love worth singing about...I think that for me, when you experience something that's worth writing a song about, chances are it's the same kind of intense feeling that someone else has felt".

Taylor elaborated explaining that she craved a mad kind of love... Who can blame her?

In a culture where we're so overstimulated if it's not dramatic it doesn't faze us. Particularly in a city landscape where time is money we can often overlook simple kindness, and the little things don't get their credit.

Today I could have dressed up, I had my favorite satin & lace little black dress in mind, but the truth is this is what most days look like.

The hubs and I have been married for almost 5 years, and while we make it a point to have "date nights", most nights it's takeout and redbox or a late night gym date. Don't get me wrong we absolutely love hanging out together, I think that's my favorite part about our relationship– we're so happy just being together!

That said, because of the simplicity of our day to day our love is often not dramatic. All the contrary, its quite normal and in that normalcy it's the little things that mean the most. By that I mean the day to day love, the little texts at work, the selflessness shown through house chores, the time spent cuddling on the couch while crushing through a newly discovered show on netflix. It may not seem like much to some, but I wouldn't trade this love for anything!

Tonight we could have planned a night out on the town, but instead we're throwing a valentines party at our place. There will be ice cream, champaign, games, and a movie, single friends, and couples. Sure we could have gone out for a fancy dinner, but this kind of sounds like more fun.

Tomorrow morning we 'll likely be at the gym and heck maybe next Tuesday after fixing our Plated dinner we'll head out for a cocktail at our neighborhood bar, just us two. Who knows, we'll see how the week plays out, but one things for sure, getting to do life with your best friend is the best gift of all & forehead kisses are totally underrated!

Thanks to the generosity of the kind folks at goodhYOUman, one lucky reader will win this tank with my favorite little quote, "Forehead kisses are underrated".

GoodhYOUman is an LA clothing company grounded on the values of their founder, Brett Novek, who believes that "EVERYONE HAS A STORY.” Every season good hYOUman features an inspirational story on all of their hang tags. Stories are submitted by other good hYOUmans, here.


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Spoil Your Man with Cufflinks.com

Valentine's day is just around the corner, and while the emphasis tends to be on the men spoiling us girls, let's flip the tables and show the men in our lives just how much they mean to us!

This month together with Bahar Takhtehchian of SHAPE magazine, photographer and musician, Alex Maier, and Top Chef “Fan Favorite”, Fabio Viviani, I've teamed up with Cufflinks.com to bring you my top 10 gifts for my man.

Among the impressive cufflinks selection, there are many other gifts currated to impress your special someone. My favorite? This Chicago Blackhawks Wallet lined with an authentic game used jersey– Paul's gonna love it!

To shop my top 10, click here.

In addition, use code "thanks5" and get $5 off your order.


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